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The lush mountain jungles surrounding Puerto Vallarta Jalisco hold treasures unseen by most tourists. Hiking up a Puerto Vallarta river, you’ll see dragonflies flitting across the water, butterflies resting on flowers, and lizards scurrying through the leaves. Exploring the natural beauty and outdoor attractions in the area is one of the most amazing things to do in Puerto Vallarta, and Nogalito River is a favorite spot for local hikers. The cool waters and shaded path make hiking here a refreshing escape from the heat of the city. Whether you explore the river in Puerto Vallarta on your own or take a Nogalito river hiking tour, come discover the natural wonders of Mexico on your next vacation.


Of all the Puerto Vallarta river paths, Nogalito river is one of the easiest to navigate, and you won’t have to go far from town to find it. Take the orange city bus south from downtown, and you’ll get off at Punta Negra where there are signs for the village of Nogalito, a quaint village that’s one of the charming Puerto Vallarta attractions on its own. Follow the signs through town to the Ecopark where the trail for Nogalito River hiking begins. As it winds along the shallow river, it’s easy to follow, and along the way, you’ll spot a few avant-garde statues nestled between the trees. The shade of the jungle canopy and the sound of flowing water make this spot an oasis away from the city and hiking here one of the most relaxing things to do in Puerto Vallarta. At the end of the trail, you’ll find yourself standing in front of a cascade of water. As the mist of the waterfall cools you off, you’ll see that some of the best outdoor attractions are buried in the jungle.

Hiking up this river in Puerto Vallarta will only take you one or two hours, depending on how much time you want to relax by the waterfall. Still, it’s wise to take water with you, but be sure to leave the river and all other outdoor attractions pristine and clean when you leave. It’s also highly recommended to wear shoes or sandals with sturdy soles since the path can get quite slippery with water. However, the trail is very flat, making it an accessible river in Puerto Vallarta for hikers of varying ability levels.



There are also some excellent and affordable Nogalito River hiking tour options, perfect for those who haven’t explored the area yet or nature lovers wanting to learn more about the tropical ecosystem. Expert guides with Nogalito Eco Park and Puerto Vallarta tours can take you into the jungle and point out the unique flora and fauna of Puerto Vallarta Jalisco. Each Nogalito River hiking tour offers transportation from the city, and the Nogalito Eco Park tour includes a tequila tasting at the end of your adventure in one of the best Puerto Vallarta attractions.

If you’re looking for things to do in Puerto Vallarta that will give you a boost of adrenaline, you can fly over the canopy of trees on a series of 11 zip lines at the Eco Park. As you soar up to 90 kilometers per hour, you can take in panoramic views of the acres of mountains surrounding Puerto Vallarta Jalisco. You can easily enjoy the hike, the ziplining, and tacos at a local restaurant for a full day of exploring the Puerto Vallarta river.

The Nogalito River is one of the Puerto Vallarta attractions that has it all: tranquil paths, a breathtaking waterfall, and a speedy zipline course. Whether you’re hoping to spot tropical birds, swim in pristinely clear waters, or fly over it all, escape the city and spend the day exploring Nogalito.

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